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Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Tops State Cardiac Surgery Report Card

05/11/2009

Cardiac Bypass Program achieves 100% patient survival rate      

If you need heart surgery, talk to the cardiac surgeons at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. The findings of the latest New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services’ 2006 cardiac surgery report, which takes a look at the risk adjusted mortality rate for coronary artery bypass graft surgery, shows that Englewood Hospital has once again achieved a zero percent mortality rate. Englewood Hospital has been recognized for a zero percent mortality rate in the last three consecutive cardiac surgery reports issued by the state.

The “Cardiac Surgery in New Jersey 2006” report profiles eighteen New Jersey hospitals and includes information detailing mortality rates, average length of stay, and infection rates for patients who underwent bypass surgery. The report shows that cardiac surgery death rates continue to steadily decline and presently stand at an average of two percent.

“We are very proud of our team for consistently achieving high marks in the state cardiac report card,” said Dr. James Klein, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery. “Their extraordinary expertise is often called upon by other area hospitals that cannot accommodate or address some of the more complex issues associated with cardiac surgery; and it is this expertise coupled with the our team’s commitment to delivering quality medical care that helps Englewood Hospital save patient lives.”

Since opening its doors in 2000, Englewood Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute of New Jersey has successfully offered a range of non-surgical and minimally-invasive surgical options to cardiac surgery candidates. One of the latest services available is “Port Access” mitral valve repair surgery, a procedure that allows surgeons to repair the mitral valve without the need for large chest incisions.

Traditional “open-heart” surgery typically requires that a doctor saw through a patient’s sternum to reach the heart. Recovery time can often take several months and patients are left with a large scar down the middle of their chest. With this new minimally invasive procedure, surgeons are able to reach the heart through a small two and one half inch incision between the ribs to repair or replace a damaged mitral heart valve. Englewood Hospital is one of only a few hospitals in the entire northeast to utilize the full platform of this innovative procedure.

“One of our key objectives is to help patients safely resume normal activities after surgery – and we are able to do so by ensuring that they have access to the latest surgical options available and receive the highest standard of care both in and outside of the operating room,” said Dr. Jock N. McCullough, Director of Valve Surgery at Englewood Hospital.

Approximately 80% of all cardiac surgeries performed at the Institute are performed without blood transfusions, using bloodless surgery techniques. Englewood Hospital is a leader in improving patient outcomes through the practice of bloodless medicine and surgery, which have been shown to reduce the risk of infection and improve survival after cardiac surgery.

The Heart and Vascular Institute remains one of the institutions performing among the highest proportion of complex cardiac surgery procedures in the state, including multi-valve repair, aneurysm/aortic dissection repair, transmyocardial revascularization, chronic A-fib correction, and endovascular thoracic aneurysm graft (TAG) repair.

For a referral to a cardiologist, call 866.980.EHMC or click here.